Viraj Madappa becomes youngest Indian golfer to win on Asian tour

Indian golfer Viraj Madappa won his maiden title on the Asian Tour at Take Solutions Masters in Bengaluru on 12 August 2018 as he carded a four-under 67 in the fourth and final round to claim a two-shot victory. Madappa, who is three months short of his 21st birthday, became the youngest Indian to win on the Asian Tour. The earlier record was held by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the Indonesia Invitational, when he was 21 years and three months, while Shubhankar Sharma won Joburg Open when he was 21 years and five months old.

The win was a massive boost for Indian golf as it comes a week after Gaganjeet Bhullar’s triumph at the Fiji International. Also, last week in Bengaluru, Rahil Gangjee won the Louis Philippe Cup on the Asian Development Tour. Starting the final round two shots behind, Madappa reeled in six pars before dropping a shot on the seventh. He bounced back brilliantly with five birdies to cap a winning total of 16-under 268 at the $350,000 Asian Tour event.

While Madappa won the title, Zimbabwean Scott Vincent (68), Argentine Miguel Carballo (71) and the Thai duo Suradit Yongcharenchai (66) and Danthai Boonma (70) shared the second place. SSP Chawrasia (70) briefly captured the lead on Sunday, finishing Tied-6th alongside Honey Baisoya (70) and local hope, Khalin Joshi (72). Joshi had a troublesome front nine, with two bogeys and a double.

Defending champion, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (66) was tied 10th alongside with five others, one of whom was India’s Om Prakash Chouhan (70). Thailand’s Pasavee Lertvilai recorded the second ace of the week on the par-three fourth hole after hitting an eight-iron from 180 yards. It was his third hole-in-one recorded in a professional tournament. Pasavee ended his campaign in tied 33rd place on 280 following a 70.

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